Casey Jones, Dire Wolf, High Time, Hard To Handle, China Cat Sunflower-> I Know You Rider, Easy Wind, Cryptical Envelopment-> Drums-> The Other One-> Cryptical Envelopment-> Cosmic Charlie, Mama Tried, Good Lovin'-> Drums-> Good Lovin'
Other artists on bill: Jefferson Airplane, Sons Of Champlin, Hot Tuna
Reviewer:light into ashes -
October 8, 2012 Subject:
unique Cosmic Charlie intro
This new copy of 10/24/69 is clearer & more complete than the old Archive copy, and is in stereo! - a rare thing for a '69 AUD. It also has a unique & thrilling jam moment which most people have never heard before.
The show itself is an average one for the time - not as good as 10/25, better than 10/26. The Dead were one of the openers for Jefferson Airplane that night, so played a short one-set show - even so, we only have about half the show, since the taper only captured parts of it. Alas! (Actually, we only have partial tapes of all three Dead shows in this Winterland run.)
We get a clear, boomy Winterland sound. There's some funny banter after China>Rider where the band berate Bear. TC is up in the mix, which is good.
Easy Wind, in its second month, is not quite solid yet; but it has a distinctive jam in which Pigpen, TC & Garcia are all soloing at the same time - VERY cool to hear.
The Other One, unfortunately, is almost all lost - the tape cuts in on the last verse. This isn't one of the nights for a big raging Cryptical, and it doesn't explode - instead they quickly segue into Cosmic Charlie.
But what a segue! For about 2-3 minutes they are playing Cryptical & Cosmic at the same time, and Garcia just goes utterly bananas, repeatedly hammering out the intro - shades of 3/1/69! Has to be heard to be believed - there's even a spot of Hendrix-style feedback. (They have to put on the brakes to start the actual song.)
It's rough, but it makes you wonder why they could never do a Cryptical>Cosmic transition like this again - all the others are lame in comparison.
Also notable, I think this is the first Cryptical>Cosmic segue we have since the Dead's first Cosmic Charlie back in January (which was very different). Of course we're missing lots of shows from this period - but it would become a much more common segue in 1970.
(Also note that in late '69 they don't play that twin-guitar melody riff to lead off the song; they didn't start doing that til 1970. The intros in '69, without it, always sound too rushed as they start singing right away.)
Notes: This tape is an improvement over ID-19527:
1) Includes nine minutes of additional music (two partial songs).
2) This source is stereo whereas ID-19527 is mono.
3) There is less hiss and the sound is generally better.
4) ID-19527 has tape speed problems.
Some patches were added from ID-19527 in an effort to make things
as complete as possible; Casey Jones 0:00 > 0:09, High Time 3:25 >
3:31, banter after Easy Wind 0:04 > 0:32, banter after IKYR, 0:00 >
1:18 (entire track).
Deadlists.com comments about this concert: "Phil teases Good Lovin'
before Easy Wind. Most likely The Other One was preceded by Cryptical >
Drums. The Jam between Cryptical and Cosmic takes the opening riff of
Cosmic Charlie & blends it with the rhythms of the Jam out of Cryptical.
DeadBase IX lists a Hard To Handle before China Cat and, after Cosmic
Charlie; Mama Tried & Good Lovin'. This is an excellent job of audience
taping. According to Michael Parrish, who saw this show, the order of
performances was "Doug Kershaw, Sons of Champlin, Dead (one set),
Airplane. On the next night the Dead closed."